Wednesday, May 04, 2016

may 11 | the pretender of sibir

The playwright got in touch with me about this play, and I must say I'm intrigued. Not sure if my WIT rehearsal schedule will allow me to attend the reading, but if I can slip out early I will. (Ron)

The Pretender of Sibir
by  Anna Russell

Reading: Wed May 11 @ 6pm
Cultch (Founder's Lounge)
pay what you can

1826. The Russian Tsar may be missing and rebellion threatens the Empire. An Envoy of the Imperial Court is abandoned by his driver on a remote stretch of the Siberian Convict Trail. Furious, he descends on three nearby strangers like an avenging god.

The four unlikely companions are forced to pass an uneasy night together. What will the Envoy learn of mercy? Will God hear the Elder’s prayers? Do the voices in the Collector’s head speak truth or lies? And will the Convict get his heart’s desire?

Each has a quest and each has a terrible secret they hope to keep through the night. But morning is a long time coming. Amid tales of mutiny and fraud of all kinds, the surprising relationship between power and insecurity plays out. By morning, which quests will be abandoned and which secrets will be revealed? In this landscape, who is innocent? And, can anyone be free?

Sparked by the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014, and propelled by a 200-year-old mystery about the death of Tsar Alexander I, The Pretender is a thrilling trip through Old Russia, a true piece of ensemble theatre, and a story that cracks like a whip.

Director: Genevieve Fleming
Cast: Andrew Wheeler, Tamara McCarthy, Yurij Kis, Seth Ranaweera

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

wit | first read

Yesterday we had the first read for WIT, and we can't wait to see what this dream team pulls together.

Monday, May 02, 2016

we are hiring!

PT is hiring!  We are looking for a candidate to fill a one-year maternity leave, covering Box Office, Front of House, apprentice management, as well as some marketing and publicity assistance.  Check out the job posting below or view it on our website here.

HIRING: Box Office Manager and Marketing Assistant (Maternity Leave Position)

Start Date: June 6

Application Deadline: May 14

Company Information:

Pacific Theatre is a community-minded professional theatre producing a full season of theatre in its venue at 12th and Hemlock. Founded by a group of Christian actors who wanted to create work that reflected their perspective as artists of faith, Pacific Theatre’s mandate is to explore the spiritual aspects of life through entertaining and thought-provoking theatre.

Run by a small team of fun-loving, hard-working people, our office is a collaborative, team-driven environment. We are seeking to fill a maternity vacancy with someone who works well as a team while autonomously managing their own tasks, and who is supportive of our mission and mandate. Please read our entire About Us page before applying.


Reporting to the Operations Coordinator and Director of Publicity and Marketing, you will oversee operations of the box office and front of house, manage our season apprentices, and assist with a variety of marketing and publicity-related tasks. This position includes a diverse array of responsibilities, and is perfect for someone who is passionate about arts administration, motivated, autonomous, and enjoys variety in their daily tasks.

Hours and Remuneration:

30 hours/week at $13.75/hour, plus 2 weeks vacation and benefits. Hours will flex somewhat based on slow/busy times. Generally during regular office hours, but expect some evening and weekend shifts.

The position lasts from June 6 2016-June 30, 2017.


• Scheduling BO and FOH and managing apprentices throughout season
• Managing patron issues and generally ensuring BO and FOH runs smoothly
• Regular reporting on box office sales and implementing promotions and policies
• Managing phones, ticket sales, and customer service when needed
• Writing and sending scheduled patron communications
• Managing the blog
• Managing distribution of posters and other marketing materials
• Envisioning and running community events (Theatre Club and Subscriber Appreciation Saturdays)
• Assist with gathering information for programs and press kits
• Ensure documentation of show publicity


• Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills
• Significant experience in customer service and personnel management
• A passion for theatre and an affiliation or understanding of the company’s mission and mandate
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
• Proven ability to meet deadlines and self-manage while working well with a small, tight-knit team
• Understanding of social media, especially use of the Blogger platform (basic HTML/coding an asset)
• Significant Assets: proficiency with Adobe design software and Theatre Manager

How to Apply:

Submit a resume and cover letter to Alison Chisholm at Please make sure to indicate in your cover letter why you want to work at Pacific Theatre, specifically referencing our mission and mandate.

wit | john donne | the new yorker

First day of WIT rehearsals

the new yorker, dec 21 2015

Sunday, May 01, 2016

rudi krause, how memory works | vpl, piece of mind

An annual exhibition connecting art and psychology, which this year includes a weaving by PT pal Rudi Krause, "How Memory Works."

Friday, April 29, 2016

sideshow featured performer | jennifer pielak

Our final introduction for SIDESHOW (opening TONIGHT!) is for Jennifer Pielak.

You may already know Jennifer from FUNNY STUFF or past SIDESHOW performances. She also performs in the Rookie League with the Vancouver TheatreSports League, alongside running and performing in Off Key Improv. She'll be playing Katniss in Catching Fire: The Musical this fall and Off Key Improv will be performing a show June 15-19 at Studio 1398.

What’s on your mind?

The weird “Avant Garde” Improv show I directed last night for Super Scene directed by Mitch Boliszczuck.The pinnacle moment for me was when I had 3 performers mimic an actual cat that was in attendance (literally - there was a cat in the room, we were at the super secret Woods Studio) while at the same time having a truthful, heartfelt conversation with one of the performers about their life. Never juxtaposed two things like that before.

What is your favourite thing?


When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A marine biologist-paleontologist-actor-singer-CEO-writer.

What is your life motto?

Be joyful, adventurous, creative and inspirational.

What’s the deal with improv?

Improv is a wonderful art form that I can never get enough of. The sky is the limit - you can do anything, and I think the more you dive into it the more you realize you don’t know and want to try and discover within the art form. I love longer form improv that feels more like scripted theatre with truthful, honest, character driven performances that are discovered moment to moment. I love musical improv. And I love just the silly, fun, play that classic improv games bring. I love being able to connect to the audience more and make them feel just as responsible for the success of the show as the performers do. We are in this together. Del Close said it is “theatre of the heart” and I think this is true. When the performers and audience are really connected and committed to being on the adventure together, the shows feel like magic.

freud's last session | gallery 7 theatre

Our friends at Gallery 7 are proud to present FREUD'S LAST SESSION. This is the same script as the beloved PT production you saw last season, however an entirely new cast and director. 

By Mark St. Germain

On the day England enters World War II, famous psychiatrist, Sigmund Freud and young novelist and Oxford fellow, C.S. Lewis engage in an intellectual and emotionally charged debate about some of life's biggest questions: love, God, relationships and the meaning of life. As the discussion ensues, the two discover a respect for the other, despite the significant differences of opinion that separate them. A fictional story brimming with humour and insight, this play celebrates friendship and respect as two of the greatest minds from the 20th century tackle the greatest questions of all time.

Running Time: Approximately 70 min with no intermission.

John Dawson as Sigmund Freud 
Jay Danziger as C.S. Lewis

Director Ron Jackson 
Set Design Brian Ball
Costume Design Dianna Lewis
Lighting Design Gabe Kirkley
Sound Design Eli Funk
Stage Manager Danielle Milette
May 20 & 21, 25 - 28, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
Discount Matinees: May 21 & 28 @ 2:00 pm

Matsqui Centennial Auditorium
32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford

Book your tickets online by 11:59pm on May 1, 2016 using the code FREUDG7 and you'll save 15% over regular prices. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

i belong here | art exhibition at regent college

Regent College is showcasing the work of Pilar Mehlis in her exhibit "I Belong Here..." This extraordinary artists work is not to be missed.

I Belong Here…
By Pilar Mehlis

Pilar Mehlis explores the transformative effect of immigration on an individual by juxtaposing elements of natural and human migrations.  Through the Antrofish figure her work metaphorically illustrates the many aspects of the immigration experience.  Immigration is a transformative experience: it takes the original person and “dresses” them in new cultures, languages, sensations, ideas and attitudes.  This transformation creates a hybrid that often belongs to two places and cultures at once and yet not wholly to either. There is a collision between innocence and new experiences involved in such transitions.  Her work explores these frictions and the ideas of identity, sense of place, transformation and cultural hybridization with particular emphasis on her own transformative experience from being culturally Bolivian to becoming Canadian and how, through cultural narratives, those two identities are embodied within her.
Pilar was born in Manhattan, but grew up in La Paz, Bolivia until, at the age of twelve, her family moved to Whitehorse, Yukon.  She obtained her BFA double majoring in Visual Arts and History of Art from the University of Victoria, then pursued further studies at the former Art Academy of Vancouver, Langara and at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle.
Regent College is an evangelical, international graduate school of theology affiliated with the University of British Columbia.

May 11- June 23, 2016
Opening reception: Wednesday, May 11, 4:30 - 7:30 pm
Gallery hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Sat 12 pm - 4 pm

Lookout Gallery, Regent College
5800 University Blvd., Vancouver, BC


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

sideshow featured performer | alison chisholm

Up next in our series of featured performers for SIDESHOW is our own Co-General Manager, Alison Chisholm!

Alison works days as Co-General Manager of PT, but you've seen her on stage before in past SIDESHOW performances.  She is also a member of Off Key Improv and used to perform regularly with Second Storey Theatre.  Coming up soon, Off Key will be performing from June 15-19 at Studio 1398.

What’s on your mind?


What is your favourite thing?

Toddlers giggling and running in snow suits. There is truly nothing better!

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Marine biologist. At least that’s what people told me when I went whale watching and wanted to spend my life hanging out with whales. When I actually studied biology that dream quickly faded!''

What is your life motto?

Generally I like to live by Henry Ford’s word “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re probably right!” … but most recently my motto has been “You do you!” I think they both work together really well.

What’s the deal with improv?

What - is memorizing lines really that difficult? Sounds like improvisers are really just lazy actors! And that’s saying something, amiright??? (I’m not! I’m really not!)